May 26 - Jun 1, 2005 
Councilor Heinrich says that it’s big-box chains like Wal-Mart, not smaller businesses, that typically pay workers lower wages.
Evan Moore

Newscity

Raising the Floor

Councilor Martin Heinrich wants voters to decide if the city should raise the minimum wage to $7.15 an hour

By Christie Chisholm

Dana Gallegos had her first child when she was 18. Now, at 30, she has three. She's single, and she makes $6.65 an hour.

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A bill sponsored by Councilor Loy could give the Council authority to designate No Cruising zones.
Lorrie Latham

Council Watch

Give Us Another Tool

By Laura Sanchez

At the May 16 meeting, Councilor Martin Heinrich's bill, cosponsored by Councilor Miguel Gómez, calling for purchase of land for the Clinton P. Anderson Open Space passed unanimously. Councilor Eric Griego's bill, authorizing an update of the Barelas Sector Development Plan, also passed unanimously. But audience emotion focused on a proposed boost in the minimum wage.

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Editorial

A Matter of Faith

What faith-based initiatives can (and can't) do for New Mexico

By Christie Chisholm

Faith has never been an easy subject. It's touchy. It's personal. And we can't readily talk about it without someone, somewhere getting offended.

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Ortiz y Pino

Dude, Where's Your Candidate?

Republicans are invisible in this year's elections

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

You have to feel for Col. Allen Weh, the state Republican Party Chairman. He's got almost everything you could possibly need for electoral success on his team.

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Letters

The readers write.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O'Leary

Dateline: England—A district judge in Telford, Shropshire, recently acquitted Police Constable Mark Milton of speeding and dangerous driving after the officer told the court that he was merely “familiarizing” himself with a new patrol car. Milton, 38, was recorded by his patrol car's video camera going 159 mph on the M54 Hwy. in the early-morning hours of December 5, 2003. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents was shocked that such a speed was not considered dangerous by the court. Kevin Clinton, head of road safety, told the BBC News, “Police are governed by health and safety laws just the same as any other employee. We don't believe 159 mph can ever be justified on public roads.” Nonetheless, District Judge Bruce Morgan sided with the constable, calling him the “crème de la crème” of police drivers. Speaking on the steps of the court, Insp. Keith Howes of the Police Federation said, “PC Milton was driving in accordance with his training, honing his skills while possible and testing the vehicle's capabilities so that if he was required on an urgent call he would be driving safely.”

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